CHICAGO — Lyle Industries Inc. (Booth N6540) is featuring thermoforming equipment, a bottle trimmer and trimmer tooling for the blow molding industry at NPE 1997.
The newly designed Model 130FMT is a servo-driven thermoformer with a steel rule die trim station and is fully computerized. Lyle's equipment, with 30-inch-by-30-inch mold sizes and 6-inch deep-draw capability, produces trays and trimmings, using polypropylene and recycled PET sheet.
The Beaverton, Mich.-based firm's automated product-handling system automatically counts and stacks the trimmed PP parts, feeding the stacks onto a parts table for placement into cartons. This system is used in clean room applications and reduces tooling costs, setup time and parts handling labor, the company said.
A servo-driven vertical trim press, the Model 130PV, demonstrates match-metal punch-and-die trimming. The machine features a 5-minute tool changeover and effective cutting of amorphous PET. Parts can bypass the trim station and feed directly into the vertical trim press. They are then automatically ejected in counted stacks onto a conveyor for placement into cartons.
Windows 95-based, computer-control, touch-screen systems will monitor the entire line, allowing for adjustments and reporting functions.
Lyle reported an 11 percent increase in sales last year for its in-line, roll-fed machine, fueled by computer controls for tracking and recording data, servo-driven equipment and trim-in-place technology for automotive interior trim.